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Usually if you get something in your eye, your eye will tear up and wash out the foreign body. Sometimes, though, something gets in your eye and you can't quite get it out. A couple of health and safety warnings before we get whatever it is out of your eye. First off, be careful not to stratch your corneas. A scratched cornea can be quite painful and take a couple of days-if not longer- to heal. Be careful, and don't go poking around in your eye with anything that has any kind of sharp tip.

Also, be sure to wash your hands so you don't give yourself an eye infection.

If you have anything embedded in your eye, or bits of glass, metal, very large foreign bodies or chemicals in your eye, don't try to get them out yourself. Tape a paper cup over your eye and head to the ER or your doctor's office.

With that said, on to getting that thing out of your eye!

Edit: I completely neglected to cite sources I quoted. Mea culpa. If this was a paper, I'd get an F. 
Thank goodness it's not and I don't!


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Step 1: Method to try

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Look in a mirror, if one's handy, and try to locate where the foreign object is in your eye.

The method you try will likely depend on where the nasty bit is in your eye.

First, no matter where the object is, try blinking. I don't mean a little sissy *wink, wink*. I mean, really BLINK. If this works and the object is out of your eye, congratulations! Please post a comment and tell me what a difference this instructable made in your life. Everyone else move on to the next method.

Step 2: Something else to try

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Next, try flushing out the eye with some lukewarm water. You can hold your eye under a running facet, or take some water in a small cup and pour it in your eye to flush it out.

Still got something in there?

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ElsyS28 days ago
Tried blinking. Nope. For how much time should you put your eyelid over the other one? :'(
TravisM61 month ago

AMAZING! I feel like my life was saved just now by a random internet savior! Thank you for this method.

It took me a couple tries and a few minutes but i got it!

ParkYuRa1 month ago
Hey! I have a small object behind the upper lid of my left eye and it is located more to the side. I tried the method whereas I hold my upper lid down and roll up my eyes. It still didn't work. I did have this last time and it was gone for a while. I didn't know what happened and here it is again. Should I confront a doctor?
ClaudioN11 month ago
Step three worked!! Yeah! This little bugger has been killing me for a week. Thanks!!!
KaylaF21 month ago

the first step worked for me god that thing was killing me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and my mom didnt make anything better she start yelling at me but she kinda helped .

shauna773 months ago
Help someone ive been trying everything to get an invisble object out its soooooo annoyying
And sore

After 2 days, this morning i made two attempts at Step 3 & the eyelash is out. Thank you.

loganizer3 months ago
I had something on my upper eyelid. Thanks so much, its been like an hour since I had it!
ForeverLA5 months ago

I had a hair in my eye all day yesterday, it's caused me a dry pink eye... It was my 29th birthday!! I spent most the day with the one eye closed. It never fell out but somehow I feel asleep at the end of the day... only to wake up to dry eyes and eye gunk and now that wont go away... I have no idea what to do at this point.

Sounds like you might have bacterial conjunctivitis which may or may not have occured due to the foreign body.

jacworkspace5 months ago

I can feel something inside my eye but not sure whether it is a hair. It has been there for 3 days. I tried all the 3 methods above but it doesn't work on me. I have no idea what else to do. Any other tips?

i also have same issue but its been almost 7 days .... I have been to my doctor too many times lately i just can't afford to go back, i tried all the methods but it still feels like something is in it, i can't see anything in it, its so annoying..! did yours come out?

There may be other issues at work here, common issues for prolonged sensation of a foreign body in the eye can include:

DUDE! See a doctor! Three days?!

sylverwytche3 months ago

Step 3 saved me! I have had it for the last 3 hours and I am about to go and give a talk and feared leaky irritated eye distractions!

rahim993 months ago
One eye*
rahim993 months ago
Thanks alot , step 3 worked , for the past 2 hours ive been playing football with one
Liyyuu3 months ago
I just blinked really hard and it worked.. Thanks
Arshiab673 months ago
AMAZING! It wasn't coming out... Thank you so much! Step 3 is genius!!
bugie3 months ago
Step 3 was the best
Step 3 is the greatest thing that hass happened to me in life.
mpsmith824 months ago

Step 3 - HURRAY!!

NLopez354 months ago
Holy! Thank you! I got super scared that i needed to go to the ER! It happened while i was asleep, which is weird, the pain discomfort woke me up, i flushed it several times! Only holding it would stop the discomfort, i was sure none other method was going to work but intried #3 and it worked! It totally worked! Ive done it about 3 times now just to make sure whatever was in, gets out completely and fully, i can now go back to sleep for 1 more hour! Thankyouuu! ((:
KrishanP4 months ago
I did step 3, at first it felt like something went back into my eye, I tried again and it fell out. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCHHH
TaylorI4 months ago

Thank you so much!!! I saw how everyone was praising step 3 and thought it sounded too good to be true but it actually helped!! No ER tonight!

fsimjee6 months ago
Thanks Lithium Rain. Step 3 helped me. Wish I knew about this before ☺
AdrianW26 months ago

I dont see anything in the mirror, also how do I pull it over my upper eylid over my lower one?

Exactly how it sounds. You pull the top one over the bottom one.

Thanks so much! Had something in my eye since last night - much the same as below. scratching feeling and unable to see the object. Tried to sleep it off, still here this morning. tried to flush it out, thought I couldn't see step three (press orange next above these comments) and although I can't see what fell out my eye feels instantly cleared. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I can get on with my day.

Greeneyeslinz6 months ago
I too got results from step 3. At first I didn't think it was gonna work. It took me about 10/15 minutes before I got relief. My eye is sore, but soooo relieved!!! I was just laying in my bed and next thing I know my eye has something in it. Looked in the mirror, used eye drops & Q-tips....nothing! I was seriously fixing to go the ER, because there was no way sleep was possible. Again, thanks for saving the night! :)

Yes!! Blinking and flushing out with eye drops did nothing, but thanks for the tip on pulling down my top eyelid. It worked!!

natalieharhar6 months ago

Step 3 seriously just worked like a charm! i was just sitting on my bed when i felt something fall into my eye, looked in the mirror, couldn't see anything, it was like this scratchy pain. tried rinsing out my eye with water, didn't help; used lubricating eyedrops; didn't help, did step three for about 30 sec, MAGIC!! i am so relieved. thank you!!!!!!!!

After doing step 3 about 10 times my eye was fine! Thanks bro!

Step 3 has just saved my life
BayuP27 months ago

Oh wow, step 3 was a lifesaver. Don't be discouraged if it doesn't work at first, I only got results after 40-50 tries. Looking in a mirror might help.

Thanks for the article - just for the help of anyone else out there what worked for me in the end was chopping a couple onions and crying like hell. Good luck to everyone.

Like everyone else , number 3 solved the problem immediately. I thought i was going to have to go to the emergency room. Thank you!
Thanks step # 3 helped completely. Wow ive had something in my eye for over 30 minutes and im cured! THANKS!!!
ChrisF37 months ago

step 3 = instant relief

Oh thank goodness #3. There has been something In my eye literally alllllll day. Work was not pleasant. I tried everything I knew. I'm trying to sleep and just feeling more irritated so to google I turned. THANK GOODNESS!!!! It's been 14 hours and it's finally over!!!!
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